What is the Great British Bake Off theme this week?

12 October 2021, 12:25

The Bake Off theme for this week has been revealed
The Bake Off theme for this week has been revealed. Picture: Channel 4

Great British Bake Off themes: What week is it on GBBO and what are the contestants making?

The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens with the 12th series of the reality show.

And this year, judges Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood are back to set the contestants some difficult challenges.

Presenter Noel Fielding is once again joined by Matt Lucas, with the pair hoping to give some light relief in the tent.

But as we sit down with a cup of tea and a biscuit to watch the drama unfold, what are the themes of the Bake Off and what will the bakers be doing this week?

Paul and Prue are back for Cake Week on Bake Off
Paul and Prue are back for Cake Week on Bake Off. Picture: Channel 4

What are the Great British Bake Off themes?

Week 4 - Dessert week

This week the amateur bakers are taking on another tricky challenge in the form of Dessert week.

There is a pavlovian signature, a sticky toffee technical and a multi-layered jaconde showstopper.

Who will be the fourth star to be shown the door?

Week 3 - Bread week

Week 3 saw the return of Paul Hollywood's favourite theme - Bread week.

This is a notoriously tough week, as judge Paul has very high standards when it comes to his beloved loaves.

Italian focaccia, a Greek-inspired snack and some intricately designed milk bread were all on this week's menu.

Week 2 - Biscuit week

It was a tough week for the hopefuls during biscuit week.

In week 2, the remaining 11 bakers were tasked with creating ginger snaps as the signature bake and jam biscuits as the technical challenge.

They then had to make a showstopper which should include interactive toys with biscuits.

Week 1 - Cake week

​​It’s only right that the new season on GBBO kicks off with Cake Week.

The first episode saw the 12 new bakers face three challenges in a bid to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

For their first week on the show, the bakers tackled 12 mini rolls in the signature and a malt loaf technical challenge.

The anti-gravity Showstopper cake had to be based on a personal memory.

Bake Off has returned to Channel 4 this autumn
Bake Off has returned to Channel 4 this autumn. Picture: Channel 4

Last year, the 12 hopefuls were asked to create a traditional Battenberg which is a sponge held together with jam with a distinctive check pattern inside.

They then had to make six identical mini pineapple upside down cakes, with poor Dave’s ending up on the floor

The awkward moment came when the contestants went to display their technical challenge at the front of the tent.

As Sura placed her bake down, she tried to swat away a fly and accidentally collided with Dave's plate of finished cakes.

Elsewhere in the series, GBBO saw some firsts, including an 80s Week complete with retro dishes like Quiche and custard doughnuts.

Japanese Week also took the bakers by surprise as they were challenged to make steamed buns.

Meanwhile. In 2021 we’ll expect to see our favourite weeks make a return, including Pastry Week, Chocolate Week and Paul’s favourite Bread Week.